Unix (In General)
“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
While both Unix and Ric Flair pre-date the 1970’s, both proliferated in that decade. While Unix was being polished at Bell Labs, readying itself for a few very expensive government deployments, Ric Flair trained in the AWA under wrestling great Verne Gagne. In the 1980’s, Unix became the de-facto standard for scientific research, super-computing and corporate infrastructure. Flair, aside from Hulk Hogan, became the most dominant force in Wrestling, existing as one of the biggest draws of all-time.
The 1990’s didn’t slow Ric Flair down at all from a performance stand-point. In fact, he was still at the top of his game despite being gradually forced down to the midcard by up and comers. Linux was the big up and comer of the 90s, so you could say that it pushed Unix down to the “midcard” as well, and while threatening, it did not completely impact its dominance on the market—yet.
Flair invented the Figure four leg lock which is now a contemporary standard in terms of wrestling repertoire. It’s been modified and improved upon over the years—see Bret Hart’s “Sharpshooter” or Sting’s “Scorpion Death Lock”—but has always been the foundation. While you might say Linux is not Unix—and you’d be right—Linux is POSIX compliant, which is probably the most important standard to ever exist in modern computing. POSIX was born on the UNIX platform.
The other striking similarity between Unix and Ric Flair has got to be the financial aspect. Compare this list of SCO lawsuits to those brought upon “The Nature Boy”. Naitch held a unified title as undisputed heavyweight champion of both the NWA and the WCW. The WCW produced a one-off custom belt with Flair’s name inscribed on it, deemed “The Big Gold Belt”. Per WCW policy, and the policies of the NWA, a champion must put down a $25,000 deposit to hold the title. When Flair decided to jump ship to the WWF, he took the “Big Gold Belt” with him, since the WCW had not refunded his deposit. WCW falsely accused Flair of stealing the belt but didn’t have the legal traction to prosecute “The Nature Boy”. This is not completely unlike SCO falsely accusing Linux of having Unix System V code in its kernel. Even more bizarre is the fact that SCO never owned any copyrights to Unix System V code to begin with. The WCW of the late 80’s and early 90’s and SCO in general were both very corrupt entities.
Regardless of past controversies, Ric is still wrasslin’, somehow. Unix is still around too, kicking up dirt as the base for all of Apple’s devices.